Dock Your Yacht in the Front Yard at These Multimillion-Dollar Homes
Consider the burdens of a megayacht owner. She has to pay for a crew, which can cost more than $1.4 million, cover its maintenance, which occasionally totals more than $1 million a year, and shell out for docking fees, which can cost more than $350,000 annually. Cutting corners on the first two expenses isn't really an option, but the dockage costs, at least, can be mitigated.
Recently, a spate of houses with their own private deep-water docks have hit the market, so owners can sail in and park their yachts free of onerous charges—convenient and cost-saving to boot.
Since even the super-rich enjoy saving money, we've found three such properties decked out with their own private docks. It might not be the only reason to buy these estates, but it absolutely sweetens the deal.
Estate With Private Beach in the Bahamas, $7.979 million
- Size: 3,200 square feet
- Price per sq. ft.: $2,493
- Acres: 16, plus a 1-acre deep-water marina
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bathrooms: 6
This relaxed estate has four residences, staff quarters, something called a “party pagoda,” and a beach pavilion, all set overlooking the property’s private white sand beaches and crystal blue waters.
Set on the very tip of Man-O-War Cay, a small island off Great Abaco, the property offers its own sheltered dock, which can hold 12 boats at once. The estate also boasts a two-car garage, 42,000 gallons of freshwater storage, a private generator, and extensive room for expansion, should a new owner have grand[er] ambitions.
Private Island in Belize, $6 million
- Size: 11,716 square feet
- Price per sq. ft.: $512
- Acres: 4
- Bedrooms: 8
- Bathrooms: 7
This island was developed to be totally self-sustaining. There are two reverse-osmosis water systems with the capability to generate 1,800 gallons of fresh water per day, a diesel generator, and a rainwater purification system.
For sustenance, residents can fish off the property’s deep-water dock. (Or just get back on their megayacht.) There are also two villas, along with a guest cottage, all of which are designed with Belizean hardwood. All of the buildings are built to withstand a Category 4 hurricane, but should conditions get truly rough, the island is about a 45-minute boat ride to Placencia Village, a waterfront town in the country's south.
Waterfront Estate in Boca Raton, Fla., $7.495 million
- Size: 10,145 square feet
- Price per sq. ft.: $739
- Acres: about 0.33
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 6
Set in a private, gated community (there are 24-hour guards at the gate, on the roads, and on the water), this property was modeled after homes on Italy’s Lake Como. Accordingly, it has a deep-water dock with space to accommodate 100-foot-plus boats. Almost every room has views of the water.
The house, which was renovated in 2003, has its own elevator, two wine rooms, a home theater room, a waterside garden and spa, a pool, and a three-car garage. As an added plus, for when owners tire of their boat and spa and cars, the gated community has its own tennis club, marina, and bird and wildlife preserve.